In George W.'s two terms in office as President of the United States, the United States faced many hardships, and a vast majority of causalities related to these hardships were a result of this President taking his soldiers into harms way. In many cases, the actions of this President were premeditated. Prior to 911 in less than 90 days in office, President George W. along with England carried out bombing raids in Iraq, in an attempt to disable Iraqi's defense network. George W. was the aggressor. Seven months later, Osama bin Laden retaliated against the United States, as the world terrorists took aim at the United States. 911 became reality, and now George W. felt he now had grounds to continue his war. George W. misled the country in a war on March 20th, 2003 as the Iraqi invasion began. Known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, the major battles lasted until May 1, 2003, the government of Iraq was toppled out in just 21 days of major combat operations.
January 20 – George Walker Bush succeeds William Jefferson Clinton as the 43rd President of the United States of America.
February 16 – Iraq disarmament crisis: British and U.S. forces carry out bombing raids, attempting to disable Iraq's air defense network.
August 9 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces his limited support for federal funding of research on embryonic stem cells.
September 11 – Almost 3,000 are killed in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia; and in rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania after American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 crash into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers, American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93 crashes into grassland in Shanksville.
October 7 – War in Afghanistan (2001–present): The United States invades Afghanistan, with participation from other nations.
October 26 – U.S. President George W. Bush signs the USA PATRIOT Act into law.
November 13 – In the first such act since World War II, U.S. President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against any foreigners suspected of having connections to terrorist acts or planned acts against the United States.
December 2 – Enron files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection 5 days after Dynegy cancels a US$8.4 billion buyout bid (to that point, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history).
December 3 – Officials announce that one of the Taliban prisoners captured after the prison uprising at Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan is John Walker Lindh, an American citizen.
December 11 – The United States government indicts Zacarias Moussaoui for involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
December 13 – U.S. President George W. Bush announces the United States' withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.